November ushers in a season of holiday shows

Before Wendy, Captain Hook, Peter Pan and even Neverland there was a young apprentice named Molly, Black Stache the pirate and a nameless orphan.

See their story brought to life in the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts presentation of Peter and the Starcatcher, Nov. 16 and 17 at the WCS Performing Arts Center in Sterling Heights.

“This show will keep the audience members on the edge of their seats,” said Lexa Burchman, a junior at Sterling Heights High School. “Always expect to see a new and innovative twist on theater when you visit WCSPA, there’s never a dull moment.”

Audiences will love this comical piece about a haphazard crew thrown together in a perilous (and wildly hilarious) adventure on the high seas. But, of course, none of this actually exists, unless you use a little star stuff.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys & Addams Family) is based on the 2004 novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson.

“This is a brilliantly written comic piece filled with gags, action and delightful musical numbers,” said Madison Ramsey, a senior at Sterling Heights High School. “The music in this show is perfect and is only complemented by the fact that all sound effects are performed live”.

The Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (WCSPA) is an award-winning, nationally recognized program specializing in all aspects of theatre. Classes involve a daily, two-hour, in-depth program set in a professional working environment. WCSPA classes are offered to 9th-12th graders enrolled in any WCS high school.

“At WCSPA, we pride ourselves on not only teaching students the values of art, but also its many forms,” said the show’s director Jonathan Gillespie. “‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is a prime example; not only does it showcase fresh and extraordinary local talent but it emphasizes the idea of creativity and imagination. Many of the show’s audio, sound effects, shifts, and props are completely operated by the actor. This helps to eliminate the overworked structure of theatre, allowing both the actor and the audience to interact in a fresh way.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

Performances are held at the Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sterling Heights High School at 12901 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 586-825-2525, ext.1 or visit www.ticketracker.com/store/events/218.

  A Golden Age Holiday

Grosse Pointe Theatre will present “A Golden Age Holiday” on Dec. 16.

This is a special one day gala performance and silent auction to benefit the community theater group, which has been entertaining audiences for more than 70 years.

Audiences will be wined, dined and entertained by a nine-member ensemble who will take a sentimental journey through the favorite showstoppers of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s with a holiday twist.

Tickets are $75 each (supporter level) or $125 (star supporter), which also includes two tickets to a show next season and recognition in event signage.

Included with admission is a strolling cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception at 4:30 p.m.; Musical performance of Golden Age show tunes and holiday favorites; intermission offerings of delicious desserts and final silent auction bids followed by the closing act of musical performance.

GPT’s holiday event will be held at The Ark at St. Ambrose, 15020 Hampton Road (north of east Jefferson Avenue, between Alter and Maryland) in Grosse Point Park.

Reserve your tickets today as seating is limited.

For tickets visit gpt.org or call 313-881-4004

Christmas Chaos

Clintondale Community Theatre – which is known for its family-friendly productions — will present “Christmas Chaos,” Dec. 6, 7, and 8.

Tickets are $11.50 each.

Shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Performances of “Christmas Chaos” will be held in the Clintondale High School Auditorium at 35200 Little Mack (entrance off 15 Mile Road across from Baker College) in Clinton Township.

To purchase tickets call 586-219-0782 or email clintondalect.yahoo.com